Downtown Bend

601 NW Wall St

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Normal Operating Hours
Sunday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Monday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM8:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM6:00 PM

601 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

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  • Dec 3 2021

    1:00 PM - Friday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical, mental health resources, veteran, social security help, and more. For more information visit:

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  • Dec 4 2021

    2:30 PM - Saturday - Lobby

    Enjoy the harmonies of the Holidays at an outdoor caroling event.

    The Sisters Jazz Choir is an elite choir of 16 high school students auditioned out of the Sisters School District Choral Program. The district choral program has over 100 participants. The members of the Jazz Choir have earned their spots in the Jazz Choir by demonstrating leadership in the district choral program and by successfully completing a difficult vocal audition. They are directed by Rick Johnson.

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  • Dec 5 2021

    4:00 PM - Sunday -

    Click here to join the livestream.

    Deschutes Public Library reveals A Novel Idea 2022.

    Be among the first to know the book selected for A Novel Idea 2022.
    A Novel Idea is Oregon's largest community-wide reading project.
    *ani* *yt*

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  • Dec 6 2021

    9:00 AM - Monday - Brooks Room

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events. Space is limited to 12 people at one time. No eating or drinking allowed.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Dec 6 2021

    10:00 AM - Monday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical, mental health resources, veteran, social security help, and more. For more information visit:

    You can also email or call 541-728-1022 to setup phone consolations.

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  • Dec 7 2021

    10:00 AM - Tuesday -

    This program will be available Tuesdays via YouTube at

    Join community librarians for songs, rhymes, stories and fun!

    Experts agree that talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with your young child will prepare them for learning how to read, and will teach them the six skills needed to read. A child who enters kindergarten with a strong vocabulary, a love of books, and a familiarity with playing with words, has a definite advantage. You can help those skills develop with story time!

    For more information about early literacy and how to talk, read, rhyme, play and write with your child, visit:


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  • Dec 7 2021

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Receive confidential business planning with a SCORE mentor.
    Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has "been there, done that." SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for free one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary.

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  • Dec 7 2021

    6:30 PM - Tuesday - * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the program. Participants are invited to share their videos.

    This workshop will focus on the skills you need to edit your own work.

    Author Harry Shaw said, "There is no such thing as good writing. Only good rewriting." Creating literary art is a multilayered process that goes far beyond writing the first draft of a poem, story, memoir, or essay. Authors must shape, hone, and polish their work just as a sculptor does with clay or marble. Self-revision is an essential part of that creation process, even for authors whose work later goes to a professional editor.

    In this workshop, award-winning author Amanda Skenandore will offer a systematic, multilevel approach to editing. She will discuss why self-editing is essential and share specific tools for implementation. Attendees will have the opportunity during the workshop to practice and share their newly learned skills.

    Amanda Skenandore is the award-winning author of three historical novels, The Second Life of Mirielle West, The Undertaker’s Assistant, and Between Earth and Sky. She’s also a registered nurse and certified infection preventionist. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband Steven and their pet turtle Lenore. *zm*

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  • Dec 8 2021

    All Day - Wednesday -

    Pick up your weekly craft or activity kit for children! Kits will vary by week and are good for preschool aged children. Some will be appropriate for younger ages with heavy parent help. Kits are available for pick-up on Wednesdays while supplies last.

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  • Dec 8 2021

    10:00 AM - Wednesday -

    Tune in each month to find great new kids books, suggested by DPL Librarians. Age ranges of books may vary


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  • Dec 8 2021

    5:00 PM - Wednesday -


    Get an online 30-minute consultation with a local lawyer through Zoom conference.

    Lawyers are able to help with family law (divorce and custody) and general civil-law questions including employment, housing, estate planning and more. We are unable to help with criminal law questions.

    Advance registration is required and appointment times run from 5:30-7:30pm.

    For more information and to register, email or call 541-614-6060.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-388-3187.


    Obtenga una consulta en línea de 30 minutos con un abogado local a través de conferencia por Zoom.

    Los abogados pueden ayudar con preguntas generales de derecho civil; incluyendo derecho de familia, empleo, vivienda, planificación patrimonial y más. No podemos ayudar con preguntas de derecho penal.

    Se requiere registro por adelantado y las citas corren de 5:30-7:30pm.

    Para obtener más información y para registrarse, mande un correo electrónico a o llame al 541-388-3187.

    Interpretación en español está disponible con aviso previo. Solicite un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-388-3187.


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  • Dec 9 2021

    10:00 AM - Thursday -

    Interactive storytime with songs, rhymes, and movement.
    This video will premiere live on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.; visit to tune in."

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these storytimes. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Fun for everyone with opportunities to sing, join in on movement rhymes.

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  • Dec 9 2021

    1:30 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Practice computer skills! Problem-solve with staff! Find answers to your e-reader questions! Free and open to the public. Use a library computer or bring your own. No registration required.

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  • Dec 9 2021

    6:00 PM - Thursday -

    A link to view this performance will be available beginning Thursday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m.

    Enjoy beautiful harp music performed by Rebecca Smith.

    On March 17 2020 I dressed in green, loaded up my harp in my station wagon and hit the road ... and never performed the programs I had planned, because that was the day the state shut down due to what we now know as the Covid-19 Pandemic. In this program I would like to share some of my favorite Irish tunes that I didn't get to play that day: some O'Carolan airs, jigs and slip jigs, and a hornpipe. This music, performed on solo harp, can be melancholy or toe-tapping-- or sometimes both! So pull up a chair and enjoy with me.

    Rebecca Smith went to grade school in Sisters, high school in Redmond, began college in Bend at COCC and completed her music degree at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She began playing the harp classically while studying there, and branched out into other genres since. Her entire career has been dedicated to music as a teacher and performer, both publicly and privately. She is on the faculty of the Cascade School of Music, teaches privately at her Sisters studio, and lives in Sisters with her husband. *oo*

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